Mapping Conceptual Geographic Models Onto DBMS Data Models

TitleMapping Conceptual Geographic Models Onto DBMS Data Models
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsVoisard, A., & David B.
Other Numbers1072

We study the representation and manipulation of geographic information in a database management system (DBMS). The conceptual geographic model that we use as a basis hinges on a complex object model, whose set and tuple constructors make it efficient for defining not only collections of geographic objects but also relationships between them. In addition, it allows easy manipulation of non-basic types such as spatial data types. We investigate the mapping of our reference model onto major commercial DBMS models, namely a relational model extended to abstract data types (ADT) and an object-oriented model. Our analysis shows the strengths and limits of the two model types for handling highly structured data with spatial components.

Bibliographic Notes

ICSI Technical Report TR-97-005

Abbreviated Authors

A. Voisard and B. David

ICSI Publication Type

Technical Report